On this 4 days safari from Kisumu to Masai Mara upon your arrival in Western Kenya to explore Kenya’s only lakeside city, Kisumu, and all it has to offer.
From the calmness and its welcoming atmosphere to its sunsets over the world’s second-largest water body. Continue to the Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya’s finest and most outstanding wildlife sanctuary where gentle rolling grassland ensures animals are never out of sight. The climate is gentle, rarely too hot, and well-spread rainfall year-round.
The sensation of the great wildebeest migration between July and October is unparalleled. The wildlife is far from being confined within the Reserve boundaries and an even larger area extends beyond the game Reserve.
Centuries of close association with the wildlife have resulted in an almost symbiotic relationship where wildlife and Masai people live in peace with one another. The first sight of this game reserve is breathtaking. There is nowhere else on earth to compare with this wildlife marvel. Welcome to the Masai Mara!
Your warm welcome in Kisumu city, also known as port Florence Kenya’s third-largest city with the third biggest metropolis. After breakfast, we will unmask the hidden face of Kisumu. By undertaking a well-curated excursion, we will enable us to see the attractions of amazing Kenya’s only lakeside city. We will begin by visiting the museum where ethnographic exhibits and a display of the dominant Luo tribe, musical instruments and their traditional culture stands out prominently. Kisumu Museum is considered by many to be one of Kenya’s finest collections of artifacts. We will then proceed to Kisumu Impala Wildlife Sanctuary for a leisurely walk. While here, a harem of impalas enjoy this grazing ground with zebras and hippopotamus that live in the lake. Spread over an area of less than 1sq km, this wildlife sanctuary acts as a holding point for problematic animals like baboons, hyenas, and leopards, which can be seen at a close range. From the Impala Park, we’ll drive for lunch at Dunga beach followed by a boat ride to get a first-hand experience of the second largest freshwater body in the world, Lake Victoria. After the boat ride, we’ll visit the Dunga Ecotourism boardwalk in the swamp where you can experience some birdlife especially the biome restricted and the papyrus endemics of Lake Victoria. We will later visit the fishing village where you will encounter the local anglers and fishmongers. From the lakeside, we’ll drive to the imaginary line that splits the earth into the Northern and Southern hemispheres. Maseno, the lush institutional center is located northwest of Kisumu and at an altitude of 1503 meters above sea level. We will be here for some photos and enjoy the scenic backdrop of the rugged volcanic hills of the Kavirondo Rift Valley system. With the equator cutting across Kenya almost in the middle, the sun is directly overhead at noon on the two equinoxes in March and September 21st. For your information, the most intriguing fact is that areas located on the Earth’s equator have the fastest sunrises and sunsets. Therefore, it’s worth noting that the time it takes the sun to set and rise at the equator point is the fastest on Earth hence the transition from day to night surprisingly, takes only a few minutes. From the equator point, we’ll drive back and settle down for dinner and overnight at the well-appointed Ciala Resort. Meal Plan: (B,L,D)
Traveling to the premier Masai Mara National Reserve through the lush Western Kenya highlands will be a memorable journey. Our arrival will be in good time for lunch before heading out for an afternoon safari through vast, acacia-dotted plains, driving past throngs of elands, impalas, zebra, and giraffes; and keep an eye out for lions, elephants, and the rest of the African “big five.” In the evening, relax at the camp and enjoy the scenic sounds of the night at the Ashnil Mara Camp. Meal Plan: (B,L,D)
After breakfast, we depart for a whole day game drive in the reserve. No trip to Kenya would be complete without this traditional experience. Spanning approximately 3,000 square km, the Masai Mara National Reserve and Greater Mara Concession Areas form the northern section of one of the most astounding animal migrations on the planet. While the region has become busier and busier over the last decade or so, a visit to this stunning area is still well worthwhile. Often seen as in its prime when the migratory herds arrive, from July to November, a visit out of season can be just as rewarding, and that’s the reason the BBC has based themselves here for the last decade or so. What makes Masai Mara one of the world’s top safari destinations is its abundance of big cats – cheetahs, leopards, and lions – as well as the two million wildebeest, Thomson’s gazelles, and zebra that migrate annually across the vast grasslands in search of water. Watching elephants and giraffes grazing, photographing zebras and wildebeest, and with a little luck, you'll even spot animals feasting on a recent kill. Drive back to the Ashnil Mara Camp for dinner and the night. Meal Plan: (B,L,D)
Depart the Masai Mara Game Reserve after breakfast and drive to Nairobi arriving in the afternoon to mark the end of your wildlife safari.
On Oluokos Signature trip, you'll unlock the best of the Africa's selected top destinations. Your tour includes: Government taxes Accommodation on full board A knowledgeable Driver/Guide Entrance fees to listed attraction centers Game drives on safari as per the itinerary All domestic transportation in a 4×4 safari van Free Wi-Fi at accommodation (Subject to availability at the accommodation facility) 1 bottle of mineral water per person per day (We advise that you come with your own bottle for refills, to minimize the use of single-use plastic bottles) Hand-picked accommodation facilities 3 meals a day as specified in your itinerary Must-see sightseeing as detailed in your itinerary Complementary airport transfers on arrival. Please, see Airport Transfers by Oluokos for more information. All Oluokos Signature trips include free time to explore the inner side of our destinations. Your Experience Director will be happy to make recommendations, or you can choose from a range of Optional Experiences by Oluokos.
Regardless of where in the world your tour visits, we do our best to ensure your coach is as comfortable as it can be. However, there can be differences depending on where in the world you're visiting. Please read more on our Africa Travel Tips section. Oluokos Signature Africa tripsAfrica tour vehicles do not have Wi-Fi on board. On our trips, there are no onboard restrooms but we always ensure there are regular rest stops overs on the way.
In addition to your suitcase, which gets stored separately on the vehicle, you can bring one piece of carry-on luggage onto the coach with you. This must be small enough to fit either under your seat or in a small overhead compartment. Africa trips: Please note that Eastern and Central Africa, our safari vehicles cannot accommodate regular luggage dimensions and weights. We kindly ask our guests to travel with a soft-sided bag or medium-sized daypacks.There are a number of things you may wish to bring on the coach with you, including a travel pillow, something to read, sunglasses, your phone, headphones if you'd like to listen to music, etc. Please, learn more on Africa Travel Tips section.
The number of guests on tour with you can vary depending on where your tour is going:Africa trips: A maximum of 6 guests on every safari vehicleThe beauty of taking our guided tour is that you'll get to know people from all over the globe as part of your group.
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We can accommodate vegetarian guests and we will be happy to assist with diabetic, gluten-free and other medically recommended diets. Please advise us at the time of booking your trip with us.Unfortunately, we’re unable to supply meals in accordance with strict religious requirements. We can’t provide salt-free, Halal, requests for specific dietary supplements such as soya milk, and high protein or low-carb meals.
Yes. We want to ensure you get all you want out of your African trip. Each itinerary offers the perfect balance of downtime and quality discoveries. We also give you the opportunity to tailor your trip with Optional Experiences by Oluokos. Some of our trips offer a more relaxed pace, with later starts and longer stays in each place.If you would like to exclude yourself from an included experience, please ensure you speak with our Experience Directors, so they are aware of your changes. They will make sure you are aware of any necessary times or meeting points. Please note we cannot provide any compensation or refunds, if you decide to not take part in an included activity or meal.
Our itineraries involve a good blend of driving, walking and enjoying sites from the comfort of your safari vehicle.The activity level and amount of walking can vary, so it is important that you bring adequate footwear to ensure your comfort and safety. Our Experience Designers will advise you appropriately before your trip begins.